What do they do?

Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.

Also known as:

Animal Attendant, Animal Control Officer, Animal Enforcement Officer, Animal Ordinance Enforcement Officer, Animal Park Code Enforcement Officer, Animal Safety Officer, Community Safety Officer, Community Service Officer, Dog Control Officer

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Animal Control Workers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in CA

No Data Available
  • 9.1%

    Change

    Ranks #29 in job growth rate
    100

    Job Openings

    Ranks #2 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (<1%)
  • Master's degree  (1%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (18%)
  • Associate's degree  (10%)
  • Some college, no degree  (36%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (32%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (2%)

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administrative - Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Examine crime scenes to obtain evidence.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Interview people to gather information about criminal activities.
  • Use weapons or physical force to maintain security.
  • Provide care for animals.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Write operational reports.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
  • Check physical condition of people or animals.
  • Issue warnings or citations.
  • Inform the public about policies, services or procedures.
  • Clean facilities or equipment.
  • Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to respond to incidents.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with security or safety regulations.
  • Examine personal documentation to ensure that it is valid.
  • Train employees in proper work procedures.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Logo Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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